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November 26, 1979|
Thiruvalla, Pathanamthitta, Kerala, India
|Parent(s)||Ravi Varma, Uma Varma|
Samyuktha Varma is a former Indian film actress, who has appeared in Malayalam films. She made her debut in 1999 as the heroine in Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal, since then she has acted in leading roles in Malayalam films. Varma has acted in a total of 18 films. She has received two Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress. After a 3-year long career, she retired after her marriage to actor Biju Menon.
She was born on November 26, 1979 to Ravi Varma and Uma Varma and belongs to the Nedumpuram Palace clan in Tiruvalla, Kerala. She hails from Thrissur, and had never thought of becoming an actress although her aunt Urmila Unni had already been recognised as an accomplished actress, active in both Cinema and Teleserials in Malayalam. Her parents are settled in Thrissur and she has a younger sister named Sanghamitra Varma. She had also learnt dancing, but had no plans to become a professional dancer either. When she was studying at Sree Kerala Varma college, Thrissur, she got an offer to do the female lead role in Veendum Chila Veettukaaryangal.
Samyukta Varma’s three-year movie career saw her playing a string of strong characters. Her debut was in Veendum Chila Veetukaryangal in 1999, followed in the same year by Vazhunnor and Chandranudikkunna Dikkil by Lal Jose, in which she was one of the two heroines, the other being debutante Kavya Madhavan.
In 2000 she had several roles, in Nadanpennum Naattupramaaniyum directed by Rajasenan, in Fazil's production Life is Beautiful and in Mohan's Angane Oru Avadhikaalaththu.
In Mazha, directed by Lenin Rajendran and based on a short story by Madhavikutty. Samyuktha played the young girl Bhadra. In Kamal's Madhuranombarakaattu, she played Priyamvada, a woman struggling with her fate, and in Swayamvarapanthal, she played Priya, an insane girl.
She acted in several Malayalam feature films and retired from her profession after her marriage to actor Biju menon on 21 November 2002. The couple have a son Dhaksh Dharmik who was born on 14 September 2006.
While on tour in the United States in 2002, Varma was on a flight to New York. Before landing, a few passengers heard her father, Ravi Varma, pointing out the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and other buildings in Malayalam. One of the passengers got suspicious and alerted a flight attendant. The plane was escorted to La Guardia Airport by two fighter jets. The family, two others in their group and one unconnected man were questioned by the Joint Terrorism Task Force for approximately five hours before being released. After the incident, Varma said, "At first I thought I would never want to come to America again, I was so scared, but the police were very nice to us. They made sure we were comfortable and they treated us well. America is good country, and I understand people are afraid of people who look different."
- 1999 – Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress – Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal
- 2000 – Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress – Madhuranombarakattu, Mazha, Swayamvara Panthal
- 1999 – Best Newface award
- 2000 – Best Actress Award – Mazha, Madhuranobharakkate
- 2001 – Best Actress Award – Meghamalhar
- 2001 – Best Star Pair Award – Meghamalhar (with Biju Menon)
- 1999 - Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal
- 2000 - Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Life is beautiful
- 2001 - Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka
Other Film Awards
- Film Critic Award 2000
- Face of the year 1999
- Gulf Malayali Award
- Kala Vedi Award
- Arya 2001
- State Award 2001
- Mathrubhumi 2001
- IndiaInfo Online Award 2001
- FOKANA Film Award, 2002 – Mekhamalhar
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